It was October 3, 1951. I was 16 years old, a junior in high school. My after school job was working in a super market. That day, stocking shelves.
Professional baseball was big back then. The fan base equivalent or better than pro football and basketball combined. Truly at that time, the All-American sport.
The National League had ended in a tie. The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. Both teams long gone from New York City today having moved west.
The supermarket owner permitted the game to be broadcast over the loudspeaker system.
The Dodgers were favored. They had led the League. New York was 13.5 games behind in August. Then won 16 straight.
The bottom of the 9th. Dodgers winning 4-2. One out. Giants batting. Bobby Thomson at the plate. A respected hitter. Ralph Branca had come in as relief pitcher for the Dodgers. A respected pitcher.
Willie Mays was in the batter’s circle. A rookie. It was thought Branca would walk Thomson to get at the still inexperienced Mays.
He did not. He pitched to Thomson. There were 2 men on base. Thomson hit a home run.
Everyone went crazy! All over the U.S. In the super market. I went crazy. The sports announcer went crazy.
Thomson’s home run is described as “the shot heard round the world.” The event one of the most memorable in sports history.
New York went on to be defeated by the New York Yankees in the World Series.
My podcast last night. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Love doing the show! Began with my concern for the U.S. I believe we are disintegrating as a nation.
Tonight, the Blue Macaw. Terri sings!
My girl! Love her! Admire her!
It dawned on me this morning that October means Goombay and Fantasy Fest. The end of the month. Something to look forward to. Both different flavors. Both enjoyable.
I wrote the other day about the mosquito danger in North Carolina. Too much water. Mosquitoes coming out big time. Could be illness causing. An epidemic possible.
Someone commented and asked what about Big Pine and surrounding areas following Irma last year. Good question! Never gave it a thought.
I tried to get a hold of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District for first hand information. They apparently operate like Comcast. I am still waiting for a response.
I am assuming both areas suffered a different impact.
Note that mosquitoes are a major south Florida concern. Especially in the Keys. We have a Florida Keys Mosquito Control District headed by an elected Board. Many employees. Planes to spray. Vehicles to spray.
Standing water for many days was not a major concern following Irma. Our flooding was different from North Carolina’s. The Keys’ concern was debris standing on the side of roads for miles and miles. The wet debris and humidity that followed made the debris a breeding place.
Mosquito District personnel were out immediately searching for new breeding pockets. They dealt with the problem immediately.
I am not aware of any significant mosquito problem as a result.
A job well done.
North Carolina on the other hand was hot with floods. Big time. Ten to 20 feet in height. Some lasting 10 days or more.
As the water receded, most of North Carolina became a major breeding ground for mosquitoes.
I assume the State is involved with the problem and dealing with it at this point.
Whether North Carolina was as prepared as the Keys is another story.
“If it don’t fit, you must acquit.” Famous words from the O. J. Simpson murder trial.
A glove was a key piece of evidence. The prosecution had Simpson try the glove on during the trial He could not get it on. Too small. Too tight.
What no one seem to have picked up on at the time was that the glove had become wet and shrunk. Whatever, it was one of Simpson’s passages to an acquittal. The jury acquitted him this day in 1995.
Saturday coming up. Syracuse/Pitt. Syracuse a 5 point favorite.
Enjoy your day!